Former Manchester United insider reveals that Ed Woodward refused to sign Barcelona-bound star

Former Manchester United head of youth recruitment Derek Langley spilled the beans on Ed Woodward’s transfer dealings and how he turned down the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Derek Langley revealed how his interactions with Ed Woodward went in terms of persuading him to sign hot prospects like Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.

“Players that they turned down? Matthijs de Ligt. We had God knows how many reports on Matthijs de Ligt. Frenkie de Jong and all these players now are sort of around Europe,” he said, before revealing that RB Leipzig youngster Dayot Upamecano was also a potential signing that was not given the green signal for.

“Dayot Upamecano, who is now at Red Bull Leipzig, was another.

“This was one of the reasons why I had a meeting with Ed Woodward and I told him that I wasn’t convinced with the competency of certain people at the club.

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“I told Ed Woodward quite straight: ‘If you think I’m going to sit here and just tell you what you want to hear, I’m not that man because I’m going to tell you exactly how I see it’.”

Langley then revealed how that conversation he had with Woodward led to him leaving the club shortly after.

“I think it was possibly part of my downfall as to why seven months down the line I was removed because I wouldn’t tow the line in relation to telling them exactly what I thought.

“It’s one of them things in football – you come to accept it. Manchester United thanked me for the time I spent there and the players I’d taken in, but ultimately we could have been so much better if people had listened,” he said.